Have you ever worked hard for something and the results never ended the way you wanted them too? You came up with the “fool-proof” plan, but once you started to execute it things just didn’t work out. The problem…we wanted to do it our way and not GOD’s way. Every “good” idea that we come up with may not be a good idea for us. GOD may have other things he wants us to accomplish and that “idea” may be perfect for someone else. One sure way to mitigate disappointments is to always seek counsel from GOD before we proceed. Ensure that whatever you do is GOD’s will and I guarantee that you will never come up short!!! Read and enjoy the message below…
Always Seek His Counsel:
As Moses was about to die, he transferred leadership of Israel to Joshua. God gave His approval of Joshua with the instructions, “Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go” (Joshua 1:7).
Initially, Joshua sought God’s counsel for every step he took. Joshua received direction for crossing the Jordan river (Joshua 3), building a lasting memorial (Joshua 4), renewing the covenant of circumcision (Joshua 5), and defeating the fortified city of Jericho (Joshua 6). In all of this Joshua listened and obeyed; “So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout the land” (Joshua 6:27).
However, after the miraculous success at Jericho – after Joshua witnessed the city walls fall with the sound of a trumpet and a shout – Joshua’s confidence began to grow. When it was time to attack the small city of Ai, Joshua relied on his own strength and the advice of men rather than seeking God.
“‘Send two or three thousand men to take it and do not weary all the people, for only a few men are there.’ So about three thousand men went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai.”
Attacking the city of Ai seemed an insignificant decision. It was a small city and the Israelite army was mighty; and God had already given general instructions to conquer the entire land and an assurance of victory in battle; “I will give you every place where you set your foot…No one will be able to stand up against you” (Joshua 1:3,5). But, unknown to Joshua, there was sin in his camp, spiritual battles which would hinder any physical victory; “That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies” (Joshua 7:12). The fulfillment of God’s promises assumed Joshua was walking with God and trusting in His strength.
When did we last seek and received counsel from God? If it’s been longer than the time it took to begin our last step, we may be attempting to fight a battle we cannot win. We must never presume to know God’s specific plan without asking for specific directions. Just because He said “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19), does not mean we can presume on His method or His timing; “Apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). All things ought to be accomplished within the context of a loving relationship with our Heavenly Father!
God will show us the way, but we must ask for His guidance; “I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8). Our battles are never won because of our strength or the enemy’s weakness. They are won only as we allow God to guide and then boldly follow where He leads. No matter how insignificant the decision may appear, let’s be sure to walk in His strength and always seek His counsel.
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries
Have you ever wondered what am I suppose to do now that I’ve been saved? Asked yourself, what is my purpose? Dr. Charles Stanley has outlined a three-fold call that GOD has placed on the life of every believer, read and enjoy…
Daily Devotional – Dr. Charles Stanley (www.intouch.org)
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Our Father has specific plans for each of His children. Toward that end, He has placed a three-fold call on the life of every believer:
l. We are called to salvation in Jesus. Trusting Christ as our Savior initiates a personal relationship with Him through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit. He wants us to lay down the burden of trying to work out salvation ourselves. Instead, He invites us to trust Him to do the transforming work in us. (Matt. 11:28-29)
2. We are called to abide in Jesus. Abiding in the Lord means: listening to Him speak through Scripture; living in growing dependence on Him; learning to know Him more intimately; and drawing upon His power to live a godly life. Jesus calls us to make our relationship with Him primary above all other relationships and to remain with Him without interruption all of our days.
3. We are called to follow Jesus. To follow someone requires knowing his character, his plans, and how he desires to carry them out. The Bible clearly tells us everything we need to know in order to live under Jesus’ leadership. The evidence that we are following Him will show in our attitudes, conduct, character, conversation, and relationships.
Without the Holy Spirit’s presence—which we received at salvation—we can’t abide in Jesus. (John 15:4, 26). Without abiding in Christ, we won’t know Him well enough to follow. If we choose not to follow, we’ll miss out on the joy God has planned for us. Are you living out His three-fold call?
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February 1, 2013:
GOD Can Do Anything…
Happy Friday!!! As we start a new month remember all things are possible with GOD. How do I know? I’ve seen him do it…
Listen and enjoy this song by Kurt Carr…”I’ve seen him do it…”
January 31, 2013:
“Better is the poor who walks in his integrity, than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.” – Proverbs 28:6 (NKJV)
The above verse tells us that it is better to be poor and stand up for what we believe, than to compromise ourselves for riches. One question that I love to ask is….what would you do if you didn’t think you would get caught. Remember…GOD is always watching!!! Have a blessed day….
January 30, 2013:
Wow, we are almost done with the first month of 2013. Each new year gives us a chance to reflect on the accomplishments and failures of the previous year and gives us great hope for what is to come in the new one. One thing is for certain, with GOD all is possible and without him there will be some tough times ahead. Let’s give GOD praise for all he has done and continues to do for us. Give thanks continually and let’s be a living Sanctuary. Below is today’s message from Steve Troxel’s God’s Daily Word Ministries (gdwm.org)…enjoy and have a blessed day!!!
“A Living Sanctuary…
Our Heavenly Father desires our life to be FILLED with praise and worship. When we gather together with other believers for church services, we generally begin with songs of praise. We praise God for His love and faithfulness, and for the gift of His Son. We worship Him for His awesome majesty as we prepare our hearts to receive His Word. These are wonderful times, but they are only a small part of God’s true desire for our life.
“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
As Paul wrote these instructions to the Ephesians he never said, “give thanks only during your worship service,” or, “make music in your heart only when you gather together with other believers.” He clearly instructed “always” and “for everything.” The “music” of praise and worship to God should always reside in our heart.
This can be a real challenge without a shift in the way we view our life – a shift from the way we have been “trained” by the world. We absolutely must learn to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). Though the world teaches us to “take charge of your own destiny,” we are called to release control to our Lord and patiently trust. For it is only through faith and trust that we can praise in ALL situations, even through our confusion and pain.
One of my favorite praise songs contains the words: “Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary; pure and holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for You.” The word sanctuary means: A place set aside as sacred and holy, especially a place of worship. The meaning of this song then becomes, Lord prepare my life to be a sacred and holy place of worship!
There can be no greater ambition for the Child of God. With a proper understanding of eternity and the saving grace of Jesus, our life only has real purpose as we live each day to bring Him glory and honor – as we live each moment in praise and worship, no matter what circumstances our day may bring. The way we walk through our trials, as well as how we accomplish our daily tasks, ministry activities, or times of prayer and study, should all be done through a heart devoted to worship.
Let’s allow the “music” of our heart to sing out with praise and worship; not just for a few set hours each week, but every day with every word, thought, and deed. Let’s patiently trust in all areas of our life and ask our Father to teach us to live as a living sanctuary.
Have a Christ Centered Day!”
God’s Daily Word Ministries
Jesus is lord!